Buffalo Poet Laureate and Author Jillian Hanesworth Releases New Book The Revolution Will Rhyme . Launch Party a Poetic Success!

The Revolution Will Rhyme is the name of a new book by  Poet Laureate and Author Jillian Hanseworth that  no doubt lays poetically and  indelibly on the mind.  

The book launch and signing was held  Friday November 5 at Princessa’s Studio and Art Gallery located at 1271 Hertel Ave.to a packed house of  family friends, supporters, art lovers and  the new now and next in revolutionaries. 

Books and exclusive merchandise was available for purchase and everyone lined up to get their signed book before snapping a pic with the artist. 

Hanesworth,  surrounded by the stunning  artwork created by Princessa and a special curated wall of guest artists,  blessed the room by  performing three outstanding poems including “That Won’t Change” (one she wrote specifically for and in support of Black men), “The Revolution Will Rhyme” (the powerful title poem of the book ) and a new audience participatory  piece called “Ase” that bonded everyone in the room. After rounds of applause the crowd was prompted to get their vocal chords ready to sing in celebration for Jillian’s birthday and what a harmonious song it was! 

In late October the poet laureate had her first  billboard launch! It can be found in the community on Fillmore Ave just past Delevan where Hanesworth  said she preferred it be placed . “I wanted my face to be in the community I grew up in. People in the historically excluded communities here in Buffalo still deserve to be seen and heard so that’s what I wanted to do.” Now little Black kids will look up on Fillmore and Delavan and see this Black girl … an author”  she told the ChallengerNews.  

The Revolution Will Rhyme  can be found Fits Books, Dog Ears Bookstore and on Amazon.com It will aslo soon be available at Zawadi Books. Follow @poet_jillian_hanseworth on social media  and visit www.jillthepoet.com . Congratulations Jillian! 

(above photo collage above include Challenger photos and select photos by Tamiko Sanders)

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